Wondering how to get to Granville Island? This post has all of the options from car, bike, boat, bus and tour!
There are several ways to get to Granville Island so you can choose the one that best suits you. Granville Island is a vibrant oasis of culture, creativity, and culinary delights in Vancouver. This charming peninsula, welcomes visitors with open arms, promising an escape from the bustle of urban life. A paradise for art enthusiasts, foodies, and wanderers alike, Granville Island unveils a captivating tapestry of bustling markets, eclectic boutiques, dazzling theaters, and a picturesque harbor that whispers tales of maritime heritage.
How to Get to Granville Island by Car
Getting to Granville Island by car is easy since many main thoroughfares run nearby, including the Granville St. Bridge above, 4th Avenue to the south, and Burrard St. to the west. For those who prefer directions, just type Granville Island Public Market into your GPS and you will be sent right to the island. You will know you have arrived when you go under the bridge to the giant Granville Island Public Market sign!
Parking at Granville Island is limited and gets very full.
Parking is free before 11 am and after 6 pm. Pay parking is in effect 11 am – 6 pm daily, $3 per hour on weekdays, and $4 per hour on weekends and statutory holidays.
Overnight parking is only permitted in the multi-level parkade on Old Bridge Street.
For electric vehicles, there are six Level II 30A car charging stations available on the main level of the Old Bridge Street Indoor Lot.
How to get to Granville Island by Bus
The #50 Waterfront St/False Creek South/North bus comes from Gastown in the downtown area, along Granville St., and stops just off Granville Island, at the intersection of Anderson St. and West 2nd Ave.
When you get off look for the large Granville Island sign and the yellow and rainbow Kids Market along Anderson St.
Some Tips for taking the bus:
- A single fare is valid for 90 minutes on bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and HandyDART
- If you are in Vancouver and getting on the bus it will be a 1-zone fare. One ticket is $3.15 and can be paid with a debit/credit card by tapping when you get on the bus. Make sure you tap out when you leave. You can also buy an all day ticket for $11. You can also pay by cash. Place the coins or bills into the fare box (no change can be given). You’ll be handed a bus transfer from the Operator that is your proof of payment and can be used to transfer between buses (but not on SkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express).
- Children under 12 ride for free. They do not require a transit pass, identification or an accompanying fare-paying customer.
How to get to Granville Island by Boat
Yes you can get to Granville Island by boat! There is a free public dock behind the Public Market that allows three-hour moorage. Space is limited, and is first come, first served.
You must register your boat on arrival at 604-315-3003
If you do not have your own boat, you can still get to Granville Island by boat! You can take the Aquabus!
The Aquabus runs from 7 am to 10:30 pm in the summer and 8:30 pm in winter. These provide rides across the False Creek Inlet, from the downtown side (north) to the Granville Island side (south).
How to get to Granville Island by Bike
Granville Island is easily accessible by bike. Conveniently located by the False Creek Seawall, there are several access points that connect Granville Island to the Seawall.
There’s also a pleasant, scenic bicycle path (separated from pedestrians) that runs east-to-west past the Island along the south shore of False Creek Inlet.
Aquabus also has a bike-friendly boat – the Cyquabus – that allows bicycles and their riders to hop aboard from the dock at the foot of Hornby St., at an extra 50 cents per bike.
Granville Island has a free bike valet from May long weekend through Labour Day. There are also bike racks all over the Island.
Things to do in Granville Island
Visiting Granville Island is on the list of the best things to do in Vancouver for good reason! The island is a hub of activity and has something for everyone: arts and culture, kids, entertainment, shopping and gifts!
Granville Island Public Market is open 7 days a week from 9AM – 6PM. For individual merchant and store hours on the island, contact them directly.
Whale Watching: From April to October is prime whale watching season in Vancouver. The waters off British Columbia’s coast are rich with marine life and orcas, humpback, gray and minke whales are the most common whales that you will see on a Vancouver whale-watching trip! You can book these online here.
Once you have figured out how to get to Granville Island you will also want to take into account the parking situation. $3 per hour on weekdays and $4 per hour on weekends and holidays. Parking is free before 11 am and after 6 pm.
Yes. There are six Level II 30A car charging stations available on the main level of the Old Bridge Street Indoor Lot.
The price is going to depend where you are coming from. If you are in Vancouver and getting on the bus it will be a 1-zone fare. One ticket is $3.15 and can be paid with a debit/credit card by tapping when you get on the bus. You can also buy an all day ticket for $11.
Single-use Compass Tickets and DayPasses can be purchased by cash, debit, or credit card at any Compass Vending Machine (CVM) located in all SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express stations. Tickets and DayPasses purchased from CVMs must be used on the day of travel and will expire at 4 a.m. the next day. DayPass tickets for immediate use or for future use can also be purchased at Compass Retailers.
Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!